RCMP say man faces first-degree murder charge in 2012 death of his mother

By The Canadian Press
April 11, 2016 - 11:32am

CHESTER, N.S. — Nova Scotia RCMP say a 22-year-old man faces a first-degree murder charge, four years after a second-degree murder charge laid against him in the death of his mother was dropped.

RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke says John "Jack" Buckley was arrested Friday during a traffic stop on Highway 103 near Chester, N.S.

Clarke says the police investigation was always active, although she wouldn't reveal details on the evidence that led police to upgrade the charges and to arrest Buckley once again.

Buckley was initially charged a week after the body of Victoria Brauns-Buckley was found in her Borgels Point Rd. home in Chester basin on March 2, 2012.

It was never revealed how she died, and the case against her son was dropped in December 2012 after the Crown said there wasn't enough evidence to obtain a conviction.

John Buckley is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on Monday.

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